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Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Solvang
Reviewed 22 August 2008

We stayed here one night and we really enjoyed our stay. So much so that we were thinking about staying an extra night. We stayed during the week so we paid $119 for the night.

Upon arrival, we were upgraded to a second floor room with a fireplace. We were also celebrating a birthday and a complimentary bottle of wine was placed in our room for us. Additionally, we were given coupons (i.e., free tastings and 2-for-1 tastings) to neighboring wine bars. And to top it all off, we also were given complimentary chocolates from a local chocolatier.

The rooms were very clean and spacious. The beds were also very comfortable. The A/C unit wasn't working very well in our room, but we like our room to be VERY cold. For people who enjoy somewhat cool rooms, this would be no issue. The staff was also friendly and hospitable.

Breakfast in the morning was simple but sufficient. It was the typical continental breakfast and was much appreciated it.

This Inn is conveniently located and we walked everywhere. The vineyards are just a short drive away too. Most places in Solvang shut down around 5 pm so be sure to plan your day accordingly.

We hope to stay here again one day and would definitely recommend this place to everyone we know.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2008

Stayed for 3 nights.

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Room was spacious and kept clean by housekeeping. Free Wifi. Breakfast was a standard hotel spread of pastries/bagels, cereals, and room-temp waffles/pancakes (there was a toaster to heat them up). King bed was comfortable. Shower was HUGE, but only one shower head (two would have been really nice).

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Walls/ceiling had very little sound proofing. Could hear the conversations in the room next door and the kids running back and forth above us. High room rate for a slightly above average room.

Overall, a nice place. Just needs to be a bit cheaper.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 June 2008

We booked a room in the tower, and got a room that we're not sure was actually where we had booked it. It was a building off to the side... the room itself was very nice, two stories with living room and bath downstairs and sleeping loft upstairs.

What was lacking was service and information. The person who checked us in didn't seem interested in making us feel welcome (not that we are high-maintenance, but a smile would have been nice). Later when we came to ask about our window not opening and the lack of soap for the sink, another employee was equally... disinterested in projecting the usual service attitude you see in a hotel. We were fine with fixing the window ourselves, but he sighed heavily and said he'd look into it.

Also missing was the information you generally find in a hotel room, such as where things are, what the services are, etc. There was no information at all. As a result, we missed out on the free breakfast (from other reviews here, it sounds like we didn't miss much) and didn't know what was available to us as guests. I like flipping through a pamphlet or binder and seeing what's what, and didn't know whether ours was just missing or whether nobody had them. It wasn't worth bothering anyone over it, so we made do with what we had.

On the plus side, it's walking distance from the downtown action and the cottages in the back looked really wonderful. I don't think I'd stay in the same room again, but I would be willing to give the fairytale-looking cottages a shot if it was just a bad day for the employees there.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2008

We recently stayed in Cottage #2, which was great. The minute you walk in, you feel at home. Nice rustic wood floors, wood burning fireplace, lots of windows overlooking the private patio with private jacuzzi. Furniture a little old, but comfortable. Very pleasant to sit on the couch or in the dining room and look out into the garden which has a lovely large oak tree and benches to sit on to enjoy the day. The bedroom is an upstairs loft which has a very comfortable bed with a pristine white duvet. Bedroom has a balcony and lots of windows, which made it very relaxing to wake up in the morning and look out at the greenery from the oak tree. Only drawback I could see was this cottage is at the very back of the property next to a street (not that busy though), so you did get traffic noise when sitting in the backyard (no noise inside the cottage). One other thing that I didn't like was that there were no screens on the windows to this unit, but the a/c worked great (however, I like fresh air). Bathrooms were small but cutely decorated and had nice tile. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 April 2008

Look, this place is NOT a five star or even 3 star hotel. I've stayed in those, and they are great. But anyone who was disappointed by their stay here for the price you pay ($135 village queen for us) is nuts. Okay, we loved it. But there were two things the critics are right about: the breakfast is boring (but good quality - danishes compared favorably with those at the bakery next to Paula's Pancake house, which was delicious, btw) and it is sort of a "motel". You can walk to your car without passing a locked door. Big deal, you could just as well call it a cottage or bungalow. The rooms are nice and clean and well decorated (though they cut corners with the fake stone shower; they did have very nice Kohler sinks and toilets), but the in-room air-conditioning unit is quite noisy.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2008

After a long drive from Phoenix (+12 hours due to an extended run through Malibu) my Girlfriend and I arrived at Wine Valley Inn around 10:00pm. She was already upset and I was worried because we had a week there and didn't want a bad start. Check-in was quick and we went to our King room in the tower. When we walked in, her first words were "It's just lovely, I love it" Thank goodness, because she is hard to please. The room was beautiful. The linens were perfect and the fireplace was stocked. The stone-tiled shower is huge , with a bench for her to sit on, almost spa-like. Nice LCD TV. We both agreed the ambience was quite romantic. Now, I won't say I didn't have some issues: three to be exact. First, there was no phone in the room, Second, the sink drained a bit slow and last, the refigerator didn't work. I took these to the receptionist who entered my complaints for maintenance to fix in the morning. I told her not to rush as we would sleep in and, really who needs a room phone. I'm just nitpicky that way. When we returned the next afternoon,everything was fixed. We later decided the fridge didn't work because my GF had turned it off when we walked in. It was plugged into a switched outlet that she turned off while looking for the hall light. During our entire stay the place was undergoing a renovation. I will tell you it was the quietest renovation I have ever heard, or not heard. They actually took out the fireplaces in the rooms below and adjoining us and the couple that stayed there the previous night made more noise than the contractors. We didn't want to leave and actually gave up a night in Palm Springs to stay a day longer. I would refer any couple to stay there. We've already started planning our next vacation

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Reviewed 7 April 2008

The pictures look much nicer of this old property than the rooms actually are. We had a room that had a lot of age to it - definitely in need of a good steam cleaning. The fireplace was nice, but the bed was old and saggy in the middle. The free breakfast was not that great, either. Our stay was just so-so. For what it costs you should get much more.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1564 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA 93463-2754
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Region: United States > California > Solvang
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Solvang
#5 Family Hotel in Solvang
Price Range: £91 - £245 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Wine Valley Inn & Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Santa Ynez Valley...scenic vistas, vintage charm. Located on an acre of meandering gardens with a Koi pond, the Wine Valley Inn offers old-world hospitality with a variety of accommodations for every taste and budget. The Wine Valley Inn is located in the Danish village of Solvang, within easy walking distance of many wine tasting rooms and within 20 minutes of more than 40 acclaimed wineries & vineyards. ... more   less 
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